July 6, 2015

The Beach Wedding

Happy times... Happy things are happening up here North of Boston. All who know me well, know what the last few years have held but in all the pain and suffering and challenges the gem was this Man- Drew! Lucky Lady that I am Drew asked me to make a life with him that included moving up to the North Shore, getting engaged, marrying on June 7th 2015 and getting to become a part of his family that includes three great young people. So this is what it looks to elope + three! I know many more happy times and happy things are evolving and maybe they will start to be captured right here on this old style blog. Here's to the new style of things. I bring you the new Mrs. Lisa Ann Schraffa Santin!



May 26, 2015

Outing Myself

Myself and an unnamed member of my family found ourselves in Francesca's on Saturday. I somehow transformed from the super realistic, practical, very conscience shopper to a kid in a candy shop. The colors, the patterns, the choices, the cuteness of it all made me giddy. And we shopped, and we bought and we delighted in the many new things. 

Two learning's from the afternoon. Younger folk than myself love fast fashion. They live and breath the moment. What is on trend, what is cute, what is it they want (NEED) for summer. It is all about the NOW. 

There is no question which sounds like, when will I wear this? will I wear it more than once this season? what is it made of? who made it? is it going to last? 

Heck, they don't really want to wear it more than once this season, they don't care if it lasts because it is a cute trend item, they have no idea to even ask the question who made it, how did they work and what did they make it from. 

I may have totally missed out on a teaching moment but reflecting back I realize it may have been a moment of teaching upon deaf ears. The young simply don't care about the fast fashion issues and adults simply pick their battles. With all that is going on in the world of pre-teens, teens, and young adults are we really going to battle over sweat shop garments at cheap prices. It was a reality moment when I realized it is not worth getting into the topic over so many other things that need to be discussed. That made me sad. Maybe next time I will have more courage to open the discussion but this time I just blissed out on color and cuteness and a happy teenager. 


May 21, 2015

Following up on yesterday's thoughts and emotions, now as I am looking on the horizon of what to do next for my community I have begun to think about working with art ventures and how to bring art and literature to under served youth. 

I moved recently and now reside on the North Shore in Beverly, MA and that has given me an opportunity to put myself out there and do some volunteer work. I began to work at the Peabody Essex Museum as a volunteer working with family and children programs. That experience training in the museum this past fall has motivated me toward other volunteer opportunity on the North Shore. 

I also joined the Salem Artists Association to better understand how art is made, how artists think, who artists hang out with and why people make art and music. I have been exposed to a great deal of education about the creative economy and what it means to take an area like Salem, Beverly, Gloucester, Rockport and the like and use the arts to transform these communities. 

What a great move and what a great time to be thinking about how to incorporate the arts into my next 10-15  year community service horizon or maybe even with work and career. 

May 20, 2015

I just turned 50 this past December and starting thinking more about art, especially public art. What career may I have done had I been exposed to art at a much younger age? 

We simply did not have art exposure in my family during the mid-late 60s and into the 1970s. We were a family of regulars, working class and almost too ordinary, we like many were TV oriented. 

Thankfully there was a great sense of music in my home that I recall fondly. Much of it was of the 1950s era with lots of contemporary music in Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Elvis, scores from various musicals of the time period such as the Sound of Music and Yes, we actually listened to albums back then. 

From listening to that music and much Italian culture pop music to variety shows such as Lawrence Welk, Sonny and Cher, and even The Osmond family there was at least some art form floating around the small apartment in Nonantum, MA and then the home in West Newton, MA. 

I do think music was an inspiration for me but I wonder how much more creative I would have been had I had a true exposure to art from a public art vantage point. Certainly public art and exposure to art at a young age from a perspective other than one's parents or caregivers at home is very shaping of one's art character. 

Pondering this I have created some art action for myself, I am pleased to be doing some work at the Peabody Essex Museum with families and children, also joined the Salem Arts Association this year and reading to children at the Beverly Children's Learning Center. I feel like I am touching art in all of these places and with art also touching the hearts and minds of youth that cross my path. New and emerging artists, youth and public art are all a part of my new North Shore living experience, what could be better?

February 28, 2015

To knit or not to knit

Ok so here I go I finally decide to put my mind to it and learn to knit, after several (at least 3) failed attempts. I have now completed several (at least four) squares with out producing anything. My knit stitch ain't bad, my pearl stitch ain't bad but I seem to have a hard time putting them together into one square... transitioning is not quite so smooth for me. Is it so wrong to love yarn, love color, love huge needles and fat yarn and knit nothing of any consequence.

I am really not sure what to do next, how do I overcome this need to knit yet I am not making anything?
Really any suggestions from anyone out there are welcome!

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